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Economic Crises, Health and Education in Jamaica

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  • Namsuk Kim

    (United Nations Development Programme)

  • Marta Serra-Garcia

    (Tilburg University)

Abstract

We study the impact of growth fluctuation on education and health indicators in Jamaica. Using household surveys between 1989 and 2007, we study the impact by using pseudo-panel regressions at the parish level, instrumenting growth fluctuations with variations in major Jamaican export commodities, to account for the endogeneity of growth in its relationship with education and health indicators. The main finding of the instrumental variable regression is that GDP fluctuation has mixed impacts on education and health.

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  • Namsuk Kim & Marta Serra-Garcia, 2010. "Economic Crises, Health and Education in Jamaica," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 25(1), pages 105-134.
  • Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:25:y:2010:i:1:p:105-134
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    1. Lavigne, Milena & Vargas, Luis Hernán, 2013. "Social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Jamaica," Documentos de Proyectos 533, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).

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    Keywords

    Jamaica; economic crisis; human development; education; health;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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